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As far as 'Imaginary Creatures' goes, it proves Kickin Valentina are doing everything right.

Every now and then, a new album from a band you're unfamiliar with arrives for review that is so goddamn good it makes you immediately investigate their entire back catalogue to see what you've missed – luckily for me on this occasion, 'Imaginary Creatures' is actually the second release from Atlanta quartet Kickin Valentina following 2015's 'Super Atomic' debut.

What's so good about this album? Simply put, it's good ol' kick-ass, riff-driven, punchy, Sleazy Rock 'n' Roll – nothing that hasn't been heard before but it's entertaining as hell so that simply doesn't matter. Imagine Buckcherry jamming with 'Appetite For Destruction' era Guns 'N' Roses, it's strewn with the kind of melodies and air-guitar-inducing riffs that also reminds me of The Scream's excellent debut (still one of my all-time favourite albums). Front-man Joe Edwards' gritty vocal style is just perfect for this kind of music, guitarist Heber Pampillon complements this by keeping his solos just the right side of flashy, while the tight-ass rhythm section of bassist Chris Taylor and drummer Jimmy Berdine drives the album along superbly.

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You can stomp along and punch the air to it, but most importantly you can also sing along as well, the likes of 'Eyes', 'Turns Me On' and the rollicking 'Street' are impressive enough, but 'Devil's Hand', 'Eat 'N' Run' and the brilliant 'Roll Ya One' just about steal the show for injecting some great melodies into the choruses. I can't help but think of Jackyl when I hear the raucous 'Heartbreak', while Tyketto guitarist Chris Green lends his considerable talents to an immensely fun cover of Elvis Presley's 'Burning Love'. The pace is slowed only momentarily for the part acoustic/part electric 'Crazy' – I hesitate to refer to it as a "ballad" thanks to the F-bombs littered throughout the lyrics, but it's a welcome addition to the album nevertheless.

The band have previously supported the diverse likes of Queensrÿche, Skid Row, Doro, Fozzy and LA Guns, they've won the GA Music Awards for Rock Band Of The Year and Video Of The Year, and their song 'Get Ready' is used by the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby Team. As far as 'Imaginary Creatures' goes, it proves Kickin Valentina are doing everything right.

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